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Prime Minister's Research Fellows (PMRF) Scheme




Ministry of Education, Govt. of India, launched the Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship (PMRF) scheme in February 2018. PMRF Scheme has been designed for improving the quality of research in various higher educational institutions in the country. The PMRFs will receive a fellowship of Rs.70,000 to 80,000/- per month in addition to an attractive research grant of Rs. 2.00 lakh per year. With attractive fellowships, the scheme seeks to attract the best talent into research thereby realizing the vision of development through innovation. The candidates will be selected through a rigorous selection process and their performance will be reviewed suitably through a national convention.




S. No. Name State of domicile Batch of selection Area of Research Joining date under PMRF PMRF completion date Research Grant Released to the PMRF Ph.D admission year Email
1 Dibyendu Ghosh West Bengal May-20 Plant-virus interaction 01-Sep-20 31.08.2025 PMRF 2019 dibyendughosh48[at]gmail[dot]com
2 Jyoti Saini Haryana May-20 Characterization and Applications of Transition metals/Oxides based Nanostructures  01-Sep-20 31.08.2025 PMRF 2019 jyotisaini26021992[at]gmail[dot]com
3 SANGEETA HARYANA May-20 Cellualr Transport and Trafficking: How single stranded DNA binding proteins transport on ssDNA Trails 01-Sep-20 31.08.2025 PMRF 2019 sangeeta01111996[at]gmail[dot]com
4 Chetan Singh Maharashtra  May-20 Glaciology (Earth Sciences) 01-Sep-20 31.08.2025 PMRF 2019  chetansingh10.11dawn[at]gmail[dot]com
5 Rashmita Sharma Assam May-20 Homegardens in Assam: Studying them as site of Nutritional security, Ecosystem Services and Innovation  01-Sep-20 31.08.2025 PMRF 2019 rashmitasharma256[at]gmail[dot]com
6 Ravindra Meena   Dec-20 Low cost point of care & user friendly spintronic giant magneto resistance (GMR) based nanobiosensor for early stage lung cancer detection 27-Jan-21 26.01.2026 PMRF 2019 ravindracct[at]gmail[dot]com
7 Amit Yadav   Dec-20 Design and Validation of cost-effective aptasensor for the detection of H.pylori as gastric cancer biomarker 27-Jan-21 26.01.2026 PMRF 2019




PMRF – Key Eligibility
From the academic year 2020-21 onwards, the eligibility criteria have been changed for the fellowship. As per the new guidelines, the candidates can now apply for the fellowship through two channels namely, Direct Entry Channel and Lateral Entry Channel.
PMRF Eligibility – Direct Entry Channel
The applicants should adhere to the following eligibility conditions to apply for the PMRF through Direct Entry Channel.


They must be pursuing or completed the final year of Bachelor’s or Master’s or dual degree in Science and Technology streams from IISc/IITs/NITs/IISERs/IIEST with CGPA/CPI of 8.0 or above on a 10-point scale, OR


They must be pursuing or completed the final year of Bachelor’s or Master’s or dual degree in Science and Technology streams from any other recognised Indian university/institution (not covered in the above point) with a CGPA of 8.0 or equivalent and a minimum score of 650 in respective GATE subject, OR


The students must have qualified GATE and be pursuing or have completed M.Tech./MS by Research at one of the PMRF Granting Institutes having a minimum CGPA or CPI of 8.0 (on a 10-point scale) or above at the end of the first semester with a minimum of four courses.


They must apply and get selected in the PhD programme in one of the PMRF granting institutes.
PMRF Eligibility – Lateral Entry Channel
The applicants are required to adhere to the following eligibility conditions to apply for the PMRF through Lateral Entry Channel.


They must be pursuing a PhD in one of the PMRF granting institutions.


The students who have joined the PhD programme with a master programme should have completed at most 12 months in the PhD programme.


The students who have joined the PhD programme with a bachelor’s degree should have completed at most 24 months in the PhD programme.


They are required to have completed at least four courses in the PhD programme (each of which should be a full-semester course) with CGPA of 8.5 or above on a 10-point scale.


A candidate can be considered at most twice for the fellowship through lateral entry channel.


PMRF – Application Process


With the advent of technology, everything is now available online and so is the application process for PMRF. The applications for this fellowship will be made through the respective PMRF granting institutes. The candidates are required to apply for a PhD programme either through direct entry channel or through lateral entry channel at one of the granting institutions and the institutions will further make a strong recommendation on PMRF web-portal. How can you apply for the fellowship? What are the steps to be followed for the successful application? Get a step-by-step detail of PMRF application process hereunder.
Step 1: Visit the official web page and read the instructions carefully before applying.

Step 2: Apply for a regular PhD programme (either through direct entry or lateral entry channel) in one of the PMRF granting institutes.

Step 3: In the case of direct entry, if selected, the institute will further nominate the candidates for the fellowship. However, in the case of lateral entry, the candidates will get nominated through the institute in which they are pursuing the PhD programme.

Note: The institutes make the recommendation on behalf of the candidates and upload all relevant information on the PMRF web portal.


PMRF – Documents Required


While applying for a PhD programme at one of the PMRF granting institutes, the candidates may have to attach the following documents:
  • Passport size photograph
  • Scanned copy of mark sheets/grade sheets/transcripts
  • Scanned copy of GATE qualifying certificate
  • Abstract copy (max 1,000 words in a PDF file)
  • CV limited to two A4 pages and submitted only in pdf format. The CV should emphasize only academic achievements and skills, e.g. ranks, merit certificates, internships, publications, research-related software skills, etc.
PMRF – Selection Process


With the change in the eligibility criteria, there is a slight change in the selection process as well. From 2020-21 onwards, the selection will also be made through two channels i.e. Direct Entry Channel and Lateral Entry Channel. Under the direct entry channel, the granting institution, where the candidate has been admitted, will strongly recommend candidates keeping in mind their merit. The final selection will be made on the basis of the following factors –
  • Research exposure
  • Publications
  • Performance in international academic competitions
  • Grades
  • Recommendation letters
Furthermore, under the lateral entry channel, the granting institution, where the candidate has been admitted, will strongly recommend the candidates on the basis of merit demonstrated by him/her during the first 12-24 months (as relevant) of the program. The final selection will be made on the basis of the following metrics –
  • Strength of the research proposal
  • Publications record
  • Grades
Note: Due preference will be given to candidates with publications in reputed journals/conferences.


PMRF – Terms and Conditions
  • Each fellow will be given deliverables to be achieved each year at the time of joining. The deliverables will be decided by the assigned guide and the department which the fellow is joining.
  • To continue receiving the fellowship, the fellows are required to undergo an annual review. If their performance is found satisfactory by the review committee, the fellowship will continue.
  • The process of review is rigorous and thus can be done in the form of a national convention (for each discipline).
  • Each fellow is expected to teach once a week in a nearby Polytechnic/ ITI/ Engineering College as per the modalities approved by the Government.
  • In case, the fellows fail to achieve the deliverables, the fellowship could be brought down to institutional level fellowship or even discontinued. 


A warm welcome to the modified and updated website of the Centre for East Asian Studies. The East Asian region has been at the forefront of several path-breaking changes since 1970s beginning with the redefining the development architecture with its State-led development model besides emerging as a major region in the global politics and a key hub of the sophisticated technologies. The Centre is one of the thirteen Centres of the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi that provides a holistic understanding of the region.

Initially, established as a Centre for Chinese and Japanese Studies, it subsequently grew to include Korean Studies as well. At present there are eight faculty members in the Centre. Several distinguished faculty who have now retired include the late Prof. Gargi Dutt, Prof. P.A.N. Murthy, Prof. G.P. Deshpande, Dr. Nranarayan Das, Prof. R.R. Krishnan and Prof. K.V. Kesavan. Besides, Dr. Madhu Bhalla served at the Centre in Chinese Studies Programme during 1994-2006. In addition, Ms. Kamlesh Jain and Dr. M. M. Kunju served the Centre as the Documentation Officers in Chinese and Japanese Studies respectively.

The academic curriculum covers both modern and contemporary facets of East Asia as each scholar specializes in an area of his/her interest in the region. The integrated course involves two semesters of classes at the M. Phil programme and a dissertation for the M. Phil and a thesis for Ph. D programme respectively. The central objective is to impart an interdisciplinary knowledge and understanding of history, foreign policy, government and politics, society and culture and political economy of the respective areas. Students can explore new and emerging themes such as East Asian regionalism, the evolving East Asian Community, the rise of China, resurgence of Japan and the prospects for reunification of the Korean peninsula. Additionally, the Centre lays great emphasis on the building of language skills. The background of scholars includes mostly from the social science disciplines; History, Political Science, Economics, Sociology, International Relations and language.

Several students of the centre have been recipients of prestigious research fellowships awarded by Japan Foundation, Mombusho (Ministry of Education, Government of Japan), Saburo Okita Memorial Fellowship, Nippon Foundation, Korea Foundation, Nehru Memorial Fellowship, and Fellowship from the Chinese and Taiwanese Governments. Besides, students from Japan receive fellowship from the Indian Council of Cultural Relations.